Must See Drivers Shake Down Jennerstown During Open Practice
JENNERSTOWN, Pa. – Despite intermittent rain and mist that plagued the Laurel Highlands on Friday night, Must See Racing drivers still got a chance to preview the Jennerstown Speedway half-mile ahead of the season-ending David D. Mateer Tribute Race.
A scheduled four-hour open practice for all competing divisions was shaved to just one session apiece after rain dampened Central Pennsylvania around 4:15 p.m. Showers then returned just before the scheduled 6 p.m. start time, forcing a second delay before cars finally hit the racing surface.
Six Must See Racing teams were on hand to shake down their cars on Friday, led by the two-car JR Motorsports tandem of Charlie Schultz and Adam Biltz. Also at the track were Bobby Santos III, Tom Jewell, Jerry Caryer and Jeff Bloom.
Five of those six drivers turned laps during the single eight-lap session that was completed before heavy mist rolled in and ended the night prematurely. Only Bloom, the sprint car track record holder at Jennerstown, was unable to get on-track.
No official times were recorded, but unofficial stopwatches had the drivers in the 16.1- and 16.2-second brackets Friday night, just under a second off Bloom's record mark of 15.32 seconds set in 2005.
Schultz, who comes to Jennerstown fresh off a victory at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway last month, was also a part of an exhibition session for Must See Racing at the flat half-mile along with his teammate Biltz.
Though he had prior laps at the track before Friday, Schultz said not much translated between the two visits due to how many changes he and team owner John Reiser have made to the No. 9s since then.
"It was definitely a different feel to the car than when we were here in June," said Schultz. "Basically, we unloaded with our Berlin setup that we won with and figured that was a good place to start. The two tracks, size-wise, are pretty comparable. Here the top speed is a little faster, but they're both high-speed race tracks and I felt like they run at least a little similar to one another.
"We figure we can tune on this for tomorrow. The car was very stable and very comfortable," Schultz added. "We had some good tires on it and I was really pleased, even with just the eight laps we got, and I think it's a great baseline for us for race day."
Santos, who picked up his first win at Madison (Wis.) Int'l Speedway earlier in the summer, noted that he didn't feel like there were a lot of bullets he could gather from a single Friday night session.
"There's only so much you can learn from such a short time on track," he pointed out. "It's a cool track, though. The straightaways are really fast. This team always brings a fast car every time we unload and I have no doubt we'll be right in the thick of things when it counts tomorrow."
Santos leads the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash bonus series standings entering the Jennerstown finale, holding a one-point advantage over Jimmy McCune in the race for the $500 top prize from Engine Pro.
Notably, the top two drivers in points – champion-elect Jimmy McCune and runner-up Anthony McCune – were not in attendance for Friday night's open practice.
Jimmy McCune will collect his fourth series title just by signing in on Saturday morning.
Pit gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday for the David D. Mateer Tribute Race. The Super Cup Stock Car Series will co-headline the night alongside the Must See Racing sprint cars.
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Series Announcer for Must See Racing
Historic Must See Racing Season Comes To A Close At Jennerstown
HOLLY, Mich. – A historic Must See Racing Sprint Car Series season will reach its grand finale during this weekend's rescheduled David D. Mateer Tribute Race at Pennsylvania's Jennerstown Speedway.
The event was originally set to be run on June 23, but rain intervened and moved the date to September, where it became the bookend to the 12-race calendar after the cancellation of a planned race at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
During the series' debut appearance at the high-speed, half-mile oval, Jimmy McCune will be honored as champion for the fourth-straight season, extending his own series record. In addition, the series will look to crown its eighth different feature winner in 12 races, tying the threshold set back in 2012.
Such a historic season deserves a historic finale, and that's exactly what the Jennerstown event is likely to provide, especially with extra purse money up for grabs. The feature will pay out $4,000 to win, with each driver that starts the 30-lap main event receiving a minimum of $700 in start money.
The event will also be taped for tape-delayed broadcast on Suzuki presents SPEED SPORT on MAVTV.
When one combines the boosted purse and national television exposure with the points positions that are still to be decided, plus the desire of earning the final victory of the season, the result is a stage that's full to bursting with action.
"It's a big deal," noted McCune of ending the season on television at Jennerstown. "This race is a crown jewel and we've never even raced there yet, so I think we all want to come out swinging and win there. We race to win and that's the goal that I have going into it."
Must See Racing teams will also be gunning for the all-time track record at Jennerstown, currently held by Dave Shullick at 15.121 seconds (124.277 mph) in ISMA Supermodified competition.
An extra $500 bonus awaits the driver who sets fast time in qualifying on Saturday evening.
For Gene Fogle, who owns the White Hare Racing No. 7 piloted this season by veteran Tom Jewell, the Jennerstown race is also a chance to return to home turf.
Fogle has ties to the Pennsylvania Posse and the shocks on his race car are still prepared by Keystone State kingpin Lance Dewease's LD Motorsports operation.
"You look under the front of that car, and Lance's impact is there. He's played a part in our journey this season," Fogle noted during Must See Racing's summer stretch. "I think it's a shot in the arm for us to close the year on ... and we're certainly hopeful that we can get that victory that we've been so close to a few times during the last few months.
"That $4,000 check is a heck of a carrot to chase and we'd certainly like to be the ones to take it home."
Though the championship is already sewn up by McCune, the battle for a spot in the top five is still up for grabs.
Anthony McCune (second) and Charlie Schultz (third) have locked in their points finishes, but Jewell and Adam Biltz hold down the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, and could wage war before the end of the weekend for those spots.
Jerry Caryer sits sixth, just 18 points adrift of Biltz, while further down the order, Virginia veteran Anthony Linkenhoker and former NASCAR Modified champion Bobby Santos look to move into the top 10 in points during the final meet of the year.
Linkenhoker and Santos sit 11th and 12th, respectively, in points entering the David D. Mateer Tribute.
The Jennerstown event will also decide the Engine Pro Fast Car Dash championship, which awards a $500 bonus to the driver who accrues the most points in the four Fast Car Dash heat races through the year. The previous three events were split between two tracks, Berlin (Mich.) Raceway and Madison (Wis.) Int'l Speedway. Santos leads the Fast Car Dash points entering the Jennerstown finale.
An open practice from 6-10 p.m. on Friday night will precede on-track action on Saturday, which will be co-headlined by championship features for both the Must See Racing sprint cars and the touring Super Cup Stock Car Series.
Pit gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with Must See Racing practice hitting the track around 12:45 p.m. Hamilton Trucking Time Trials will go green at 3 p.m., with racing kicking off at 6 p.m.
For more information on Must See Racing, visit www.mustseeracing.com.
Series Announcer for Must See Racing
Jimmy McCune Set To Claim Record Fourth MSR Sprint Championship
HOLLY, Mich. – Jimmy McCune will wrap up his fourth consecutive Must See Racing Sprint Car Series championship just by signing in for next weekend's season finale at Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway.
The David D. Mateer Tribute Race, which will pay $4,000 to win and $700 to start, will be the bookend on a 12-race season which has featured an immense amount of parity, including seven different feature winners in the first 11 events.
However, McCune has still risen above the pack, earning a series-high four wins this year and carrying an unassailable 68-point lead over nephew Anthony McCune entering the closing act.
Jimmy McCune will earn his fourth Must See Racing Sprint Car Series championship next weekend. (Chris Seelman photo)
With a total of 91 points on offer per event and 25 of those points being accrued simply by rolling into the gate, Jimmy McCune knows he can't be caught, and that's a sigh of relief for the Toledo, Ohio veteran as he chases one final victory to close out another championship campaign in style.
"That's a perfect ending, too," McCune noted. "I've raced for it all year long, so it's cool that I don't have to race for it at Jennerstown and we can just go out and have fun next weekend.
"It may seem like it's been easy for us to do all this, but we work hard on the car almost all the time," he continued. "We don't stop working on it; even last year when we made things look easy (with eight wins in 12 races). This year just seemed to be a bit more of a struggle. We couldn't get the handling on the car exactly where we wanted it, but we found a few things around the second Berlin race that will hopefully be a turning point in making the car better for the future."
As for what the fourth-straight championship means to him for the scope of his career, McCune pointed out that he's never been one to care much about points racing – he's more focused on race victories.
"I've never really worried too much about championships; they're cool to have on your resume, but at the end of the day, I like to win races," noted McCune. "Hopefully we can keep this roll going and keep winning races, and if more championships come out of that, you certainly won't see us complain.
"It'll be cool to look back on, years down the road, and tell my kids or grandkids what all we've done. Right now though, winning races means more to me than anything else."
With the top spot sealed up, the best battle in points during the final weekend will be for fifth in the standings, where Adam Biltz and Jerry Caryer are separated by just 18 points.
Anthony McCune has a solid hold on the runner-up position, while Charlie Schultz will lock up at least third in points simply by signing in at Jennerstown next weekend.
Further down the order, Virginia veteran Anthony Linkenhoker looks to move into the top 10 in points during the final meet of the year, as does former NASCAR Modified champion Bobby Santos. They sit 11th and 12th, respectively, in points entering the David D. Mateer Tribute.
The Jennerstown event will kick off with a practice night and pit party on Friday before the racing action hits the track on Saturday. The weekend will see the Super Cup Stock Car Series championship finale co-headline the weekend alongside the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series.
For more information on Must See Racing, visit the series on the web at www.mustseeracing.com.
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